We ask Birmingham: What Christmas traditions does the city value most?

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We ask people in Birmingham about their favourite festive traditions

It's creeped up on us but with the Frankfurt Christmas Market here in town, seasonal adverts and decorations throughout the city - we can safely say we're in the Christmas period. Plenty of time honoured traditions for many families. I'm here to see which ones people here treasure most.

Dixie says: “Christmas for us is really special, but I am a mother of nine children, so as a mum of nine kids, the most important thing is time and love. So maybe it's not all about the presents, it's not all about what you can give to somebody maybe, in those sort of ways.

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"I think it's traditional for us as long as the kids have got some sort of presents and they understand why we haven't got much because we've been through a lot of diversity and last year we just got housed and stuff before that we were homeless and things, so to us the most important thing is to be together as family, spend time with my mum.”

Kane says: “Yeah so for me it's spending time with family for Christmas, that's the biggest thing. When we grew up we didn't have much money and stuff like that so you know our days were just having the family around.

"Because there was a lot of us it would look like there's a lot of Christmas presents but we don't have a few each but we kind of like that. Dinner time was the most important obviously they always say this. I'm a food lover as well so you know it's a great time for me that seeing the granddad and just having good memories on that day because you only get once a year so for me that's the most important man. Definitely not the presents so much, just the family time and that's perfect man.”

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Ash says: “So obviously Christmas comes down to it's a religious tradition for a lot of people but with England being so multicultural now it's not only that it's tradition for everyone so me and my family we're not Christian however every Christmas we go the old people's home next door we all go for a drink at the pub with them.

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"It's just nice it's something that's how I know it's Christmas time when it's ready and you see you look around you see so everyone in their Christmas jumpers and that some people like it some people don't but it's just a feeling that you get of the year because you know it's about a time where the year's about to end things about to reset and it's probably one of the only times you get that time with your family where the whole of England's closed nothing is open so people are not outside and they're forced to be inside and you're with family you're with loved ones and that's the type of things that we need.”

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